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The Liar Society (Liar Society Series #1)
     

The Liar Society (Liar Society Series #1)

4.5 54
by Lisa Roecker, Laura Roecker
 

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"A page-turning, pearl-clutching mystery!"
-Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead

"One killer novel."
-Lee Nichols, author of the Haunting Emma series

"The moment you finish, you'll start writing your fan letter, begging for more."
-Adele Griffin, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Julian

Overview

"A page-turning, pearl-clutching mystery!"
-Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead

"One killer novel."
-Lee Nichols, author of the Haunting Emma series

"The moment you finish, you'll start writing your fan letter, begging for more."
-Adele Griffin, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Julian Game and Picture the Dead

Since when do the dead send emails?

Kate Lowry's best friend Grace died a year ago. So when she gets an email from her, Kate's more than a little confused.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)
Kate,
I'm here... sort of.
Find Cameron. He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell. They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace's death was more than just a tragic accident. She teams up with a couple of knights-in-(not-so)-shining armor-the dangerously hot bad boy, Liam, and her lovestruck neighbor, Seth. But at their elite private school, there are secrets so big people will do anything to protect them-even if it means getting rid of anyone trying to solve a murder...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kate is still recovering from the death of her friend Grace last fall, which she believes may not have been an accident. So when she receives an email from Grace, she is understandably shaken. Kate attends Pemberly Brown Academy, a prestigious private school steeped in tradition and snobbery, where Kate has few allies beyond her smitten and conspiracy theory–obsessed friend Seth, and maybe her recent love interest, bad boy Liam. But as Grace's emails become more intense—full of pleas, riddles, directions, and warnings—Kate is overwhelmed with guilt for not being with Grace on the night she died, and she obsessively seeks the truth about what happened. The Roecker sisters' narrative switches from the events leading up to Grace's death and the present day, effectively building tension and emphasizing the life-altering significance of the event for Kate ("It was like a giant pair of scissors had come along and neatly snipped my life in two"). No character is above suspicion in this chilling, suspenseful, and smart debut. Ages 12–up. (Mar.)
Booklist
"[A] smartly paced and plotted first novel, full of twists, clues, and sleuthing. Add this to your go-to list of mysteries, and expect readers to clamor for a follow-up to this sister duo's first novel." - Heather Booth
RT
A book for mystery lovers everywhere. The Roecker sisters' debut will suck you in and leave readers hanging until the very end. Danger and thrills, romance and horror will keep you entertained. A great read for a rainy day. (4 of 5 stars)
— Meera Patel
I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read
"THE LIAR SOCIETY, by Lisa and Laura Roecker, is a fast paced mystery that brings a new light to a female detective remnicent of Nancy Drew.

The Roecker sisters have a great talent for writing. They pulled off co-writing a book, creating amazing characters, and keeping up the suspense of this thrilling mystery. I look forward to anything they put out in the future. Fantastic book!!" - I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read

From the Publisher
"A masterful blend of suspense and danger--from the first page to the nail-biting conclusion, LIAR SOCIETY takes hold and never lets go." - Mandy Hubbard, author of PRADA AND PREJUDICE and YOU WISH

"Secret societies dominate a posh co-educational private school in this suspenseful, possibly supernatural mystery. One or both of those societies may be responsible for the death of a girl, or so 15-year-old Kate believes. Kate's best friend, Grace, was killed in a fire under mysterious circumstances a year earlier. When she gets an e-mail from her dead friend, Kate believes Grace is asking for justice and begins to investigate what really happened. The Roeckers populate the school with the standard drop-dead handsome rich guys and a few supermodel-style girls, but Kate finds herself more attracted to dangerous, scruffy Liam. Then there's her annoying next-door neighbor, nerdy Seth, who has an obvious crush on her. Despite the difficulties they cause, the two help her so much that at last she enlists them in her quest. Tension mounts when the trio finds secret areas in the school and starts to track down who was really responsible on the night of the fire. A final confrontation solves the mystery, but can Kate really bring the culprit to justice? And is Grace's ghost really haunting her? The authors create lively and memorable characters and keep the action moving in their lengthy whodunit; Kate's interest in Latin adds an educational element. Clearly, the Roeckers had fun writing their story. Young mystery lovers may enjoy it just as much." - Kirkus

"THE LIAR SOCIETY, by Lisa and Laura Roecker, is a fast paced mystery that brings a new light to a female detective remnicent of Nancy Drew.

The Roecker sisters have a great talent for writing. They pulled off co-writing a book, creating amazing characters, and keeping up the suspense of this thrilling mystery. I look forward to anything they put out in the future. Fantastic book!!" - I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read

"A book for mystery lovers everywhere. The Roecker sisters' debut will suck you in and leave readers hanging until the very end. Danger and thrills, romance and horror will keep you entertained. A great read for a rainy day." - Romantic Times (4 of 5 stars)

"[A] smartly paced and plotted first novel, full of twists, clues, and sleuthing. Add this to your go-to list of mysteries, and expect readers to clamor for a follow-up to this sister duo's first novel." - Booklist

"A fun-filled debut with a heroine that could be Nancy Drew's sarcastic younger sister." - Mindful Musings

"This book is perfect for mystery lovers of all ages. There were so many twists and turns in the book; every time I thought I had a clue figured out, the plot would go in a completely different direction. THE LIAR SOCIETY definitely kept me on my toes...and flipping the pages. When the book came to an end, I found myself double checking to make sure I hadn't missed any final pages and wondering if there would be a sequel (There will be! Thank goodness). I am SO excited to see what happens to our lovely heroine Kate next!" - Cover to Cover

"Fresh, funny, and oh so mysterious, The Liar Society is the epitome of "super-amazing-fantastical-spectacular" (it is so awesome that one word just isn't enough to explain)...Kate's sleuthing skills and the intriguing mystery will keep you entertained and curious from beginning to end. If you love mysteries with a spunky heroine, The Liar Society is your story...without a doubt the best humorous yet mysterious novel I've read in years." - YA Book Queen

"The Liar Society is humorous and fun but also has some subtly serious undertones weaved in, providing texture. Stir in a compelling mystery that kept me guessing and you've got quite the story... This is one debut you will not want to miss..." - The Book Pixie

"It has mystery, snark, and adorkable boys. It's like LiLa sat down and said, "Let's write a book full of Kim's favorite things." - Kim Harrington, author of CLARITY

"The Liar Society starts with an email - from the main character, Kate's, dead best friend. And, from there, it's straight mystery... The school, Pemberly Brown, is fully brick and mortar: you could almost walk into it inside the pages, it's so present... Overall, it's a very fast, very cute read... I'm looking forward to seeing what these two write next!" - Coffee and Cliffhangers

"Pink hair! Pink Hair! Pink hair! I love the pink hair! Who would have thought that I wouldn't be able to stop turning the pages, that it would be a constant guessing game.... The Liar Society was face paced, awesomely written, with great characters and an ever greater story-line. I can't wait to see what is in store for our dear Kate next! Those Roecker gals made a fan out of me!" - The Story Siren

"...the pacing of the book and atmospheric setting keep the pages turning..." - School Library Journal

"...the setting and some of the plot elements call to mind Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks (BCCB 3/08), the tone inclines toward the mysterious and earnest, akin to Myracle's Bliss (BCCB 10/08). Readers who enjoy their school stories tinged with the sinister will enjoy following Kate into the tunnels underneath Pemberly Brown in search of answers that will finally lay Grace to rest." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Kate is Nancy Drew minus the preppy perfection, and her endearing quirks draw the reader into the story. Though written for the teen crowd, many moms will probably devour it in secret." - Cleveland Magazine

"...an engaging read for mystery-loving teen girls... Although the premise of the book is a sad one, the story is told light-heartedly and Kate has an authentic teen voice, complete with sarcasm and humor." - Story Snoops

School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—The past year has been a nightmare for Kate as she mourns the accidental death of her best friend, Grace, and the estrangement of her other friend, Maddie. Sitting alone in her bedroom, Kate receives an email from Grace telling her that she is still here and that Kate must help her. Kate then suspects that Grace's death was more than just an accident and that the answers reside within the walls of the prestigious Pemberly Brown Acadamy that Kate attends. The strange emails keep coming offering her clues, but Grace also appears to Kate as ghostly apparitions. Kate delves deeper into the academy's secrets and recruits two fellow classmates, Seth and Liam, to help her track down clues and mourn her friend. While the pacing of the book and atmospheric setting keep the pages turning, there is nothing surprising in the story. Kate is endearing enough, but there are no clever plotting elements and no new character twists, and the ending relies heavily on stereotypically clueless parents.—Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402256332
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Liar Society Series , #1
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
370,506
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

Her email didn't move or disappear or do any of the creepy things I'd expect an email from a ghost to do. It was just there.
Existing.
To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Tues 9/14 11:59 PM
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)
Kate,
I'm here...
Sort of.
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.

The words blurred on the screen, and my hands went limp. My phone clattered to the hardwood floor, the battery popping off and sliding beneath my bed.
Dead best friends didn't send emails.
I shook my head fiercely in an attempt to clear my thoughts. It was the anniversary of her death, and I missed Grace more than anything. Maybe my mind was just playing tricks on me. Maybe this wasn't really happening.
I took a deep breath, grabbed my laptop, and refreshed my mail. My hand flew to cover my mouth when I saw her name on the screen again. As much as I wanted to believe that the email was from Grace, my mind just couldn't make the leap.
Maybe this was some kind of joke, but that kind of cruelty didn't seem possible. Plus we guarded our email passwords with our lives, and there was no way anyone was capable of hacking into the school's database.
When I reread the words, something deep inside of me-buried beneath all the anger and guilt-woke up. It was as though I'd spent the last year living in a fog of grief and regret, and suddenly the atmosphere had cleared. My room looked the same, but the blue of the walls was more vibrant, the white of my duvet brighter.
I had sent Grace hundreds of emails over the past year. Trying to describe how much I missed her, how much my life sucked without her, and how much I needed my best friend back. I kept expecting our school, Pemberly Brown, to delete her account, kept waiting for the moment my emails would bounce back undeliverable. But that moment never came. Was it possible that after all this time, after all those emails, Grace had actually written me back?
I'm here...
She was where? In my room? A trickle of sweat rolled down the center of my chest, sending a fresh trail of goose bumps straight down my legs.
"Grace?" My voice cracked.
As soon as the sound left my lips, I regretted it. Really, Kate? A ghost? No wonder my parents sent me to a shrink.
My mind reeled. What if she wasn't a ghost? What if Grace was still alive? I remembered her funeral like one of those black-and-white silent movies. People's lips moved, but I couldn't make out the words. The memory was grainy and parts were missing, as though someone had forgotten to tape back together the pieces of a broken filmstrip. One image remained clear, though: the casket at the altar, its lid tightly closed, the box that looked way too small to hold my best friend.
Maybe there had been some terrible misunderstanding...maybe Grace was still out there somewhere.
I read her words again, and this time one word, one name stuck.
Cameron.
I leaped up from my chair, misjudged the distance between knee and desk, and slammed into the wood.
I squeezed my eyes shut for a second. The humid September air hung heavy in the room, practically suffocating me as I tried to make sense of her words. The email was a clue, a clue I'd spent the last year trying to find. Someone or something was trying to tell me what I'd always known in my heart: Grace's death was more than just a horrible accident.
She needed my help.
The chair scraped against the floor as I pushed it in front of my closet, climbed on top, and pulled down the huge box that held the artifacts of our friendship. I ran my fingers over the word "Memories" written on the box. A fat tear landed on the o and magnified the letter. I hadn't even realized I was crying. As I pressed my palms against my eyes, I willed the tears to stop. I had to focus.
The ceiling fan rattled overhead, fighting a losing battle against the heat, and as soon as I lifted the box's lid, a bunch of the emails I'd sent to Grace over the past year scattered onto my bed. I shoved the ones still in the box aside impatiently, not completely sure why I printed them in the first place.
I guess maybe I needed my words to be real. Sometimes sending my thoughts out into cyberspace to Grace wasn't enough. The emails were proof that she had existed and proof that, for me, she was still out there somewhere. And as crazy as it sounds, part of me always hoped that somehow, somewhere, she could read them.
I picked up the pink-and-purple jewelry box Grace had given me for my seventh birthday. It used to be full of the half-heart charms that marked our friendship-bracelets, necklaces, even dangle earrings that Grace couldn't wear because her parents never let her get her ears pierced. But now there was only one piece of jewelry left-Grace's pearls. I hadn't touched them since her mother had tearfully wound them around my wrist like a rosary after the funeral.
I lifted the lock and opened the lid. The long strand of pearls filled the box, and I imagined Grace twisting the necklace around her finger like she always did when she was lost in thought or cooking up another one of her schemes. I looped the beads around my neck three times, just like Grace used to. Their weight was somehow reassuring, and it gave me the strength to finally unearth the picture frame.
And there she was.
Grace.
Actually, the picture was of the three of us-me, Maddie, and Grace. Best friends forever. It had been taken two summers ago-before everything and everyone changed.
None of us had been ready when Grace's mom snapped the shot. We begged her to take another as we huddled in front of the camera. I pointed to my eyes, squinty because I was laughing so hard; Maddie grumbled that her face looked fat, self-consciously pinching the skin beneath her chin; and Grace complained that we were too old for pictures, threatening to hit Delete. But Mrs. Lee pulled the camera out of our reach and waved her hand. She promised that the picture had captured everything we'd want to remember about that summer.
And she was right: the picture was perfect.
I picked up the frame and stared into Grace's eyes-her best feature. They were dark and almond shaped, and she always looked like she was wearing eyeliner, even though makeup was strictly forbidden in the Lee house.
Genuine smiles lit our faces, and I could almost hear the echo of our laughter. We were happy in that just-before-high-school way when it was still cool to ride your bike to the pool or eat box after box of Hot Tamales while playing truth or dare in a tent set up in your friend's backyard.
I missed that kind of happy.
I put the picture aside and dug through the box until I found the small white notebook decorated with glitter, rhinestones, and puff paint. It looked like an entire craft store had thrown up on the cover.
I remembered the sleepover in seventh grade when Grace had decided we needed a slam book to hold our deepest and darkest secrets. Each page had a different question, and each of us had chosen a different color to write our "secret" answers. Grace had chosen orange, as usual.
My stomach lurched a little as I flipped through the book and scanned the pages for her loopy handwriting.

Meet the Author

Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing-partners with a love of all things Young Adult. Some call it arrested development, but the sisters claim it keeps them young. Plus, it's cheaper than Botox. Lisa and Laura live in Cleveland, Ohio, in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn't agree to a duplex. The Liar Society is their first novel. To learn more, check out www.lisaandlauraroecker.com.

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The Liar Society 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
MissysReadsAndReviews More than 1 year ago
You know what I miss? I miss those fun little high school mystery books that I used to read when I was a teen. The ones where you're just as clueless as the MC, so you're having to figure out and guess right along with the main character. You know what I'm talking about, right? Well, fortunately for us, Lisa and Laura Roecker have brought that back with their debut novel, The Liar Society. Set in a boarding school, this book has all of the potential to be a run-of-the-mill boarding school book where the main girl is popular with all the hot guys, but the mean girls don't like her and all she wants is a true friend... yadda yadda yadda. Yet again, the authors surprise us by taking the boarding school premise and making it so much more than that. We have a main character who's distraught by her best friend's death and, when receiving e-mails from said dead best friend, she does everything in her power to try and find out what the friend is trying to telling her. What ensues is a story full of adventure and mystery, with a hint of romance and wit added right along with it. Kate is a wonderfully written MC and I love that they make her such a powerful female in this book - she's got the looks, the attitude and the wit. Plus, there's this sense of undying loyalty for her best friend in the book that just makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside. I think Kate and her two sidekicks, Liam and Seth, are an amazing trio that work well together. Seth is that guy next door that you can always depend on and Liam is that bad boy that makes your little heart go pitter-patter. Their dynamic together is nothing short of amazingly perfect. I also liked that some of the characters weren't as shallow as they seemed as first and were developed extremely well through the story where it wasn't necessarily told that they weren't as horrible as you thought, you actually saw through their actions how they truly were. Of course, there were some jerks.. but it might surprise you who those jerks really are. Or not. This is definitely more of a character-driven book, but the plot was not lacking in any way. I loved the use of the flashbacks to show Kate's relationship with her best friend Grace before she died. I also loved the boarding school with all of its rich history and detail. Kate's quest to find out about her friend is endearing and the ending is unexpectedly bittersweet. However, there is closure and a definite hint at another book to follow - one that I will definitely be picking up as soon as it becomes available.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
When I first sat down to read this book yesterday, I only expected to read a few pages and then put it down until it was closer to its March release date, but before I knew it I was halfway done, and once you're that far, you can't put it down, right? Especially if it's as amazing as The Liar Society was? So, before I knew it, I was done with the book and dying to read the next, because if The Liar Society isn't one of the most thrilling and unique books out there, I don't know what is. The Liar Society tells the story of Kate Lowry, a girl who hasn't felt the same since her best friend Grace died last year. Kate feels there was more to Grace's sudden demise than told, but after a year of seeing a shrink, Kate's learned to be quiet about her theories. Well, until an e-mail from Grace appears in her inbox, telling her to contact Cameron, Grace's some-what boyfriend, so she does, and before she knows it, she's hooked on the case and finding out the truth, even if means finding out disturbing secrets about her crush Liam and recruiting her nerdy neighbor Seth to be her side-kick. But is Kate prepared for the truth? Especially if it means uncovering more than she ever expected? Only time will tell in this thrilling mystery! One of the things I loved most about this book were the characters, especially Kate. Kate is like a new Nancy Drew in the way that once she finds a mystery, she has a hard time stopping herself from seeking the truth, which is one of the main reasons why I loved Kate's character so much. Because with this trait, it was easy to see Kate was a fearless, smart, and witty character, one you not only didn't want to mess with but couldn't help but to root for. Along with Kate, came several other great characters, such as the charming and secretive Liam, a boy who's after Kate's heart if she'll let him close, and Seth, Kate's sidekick who managed to steal the show with his dweeby yet adorable antics time and time again. Another high point of The Liar Society was the plot at hand. The plot of this contained so many mysteries, twists, and turns, that even the most truth-seeking of readers won't be able to figure out just what happened until the very last pages- a very, very good thing, in my opinion. Better yet, I loved how Lisa and Laura Roecker put the perfect touch of romance in this, one that leaves you eager for more of it in future sequels. And this review wouldn't be complete if I didn't say at least once how amazing of authors Lisa and Laura Roecker are! They created such a great and believable world in this, one I hope readers, like myself, will be able to visit time and time again in the future. Wit, romance, suspense, and action- this book has it all! I seriously can't express in words just how much I LOVED this book. Lisa and Laura? You've kind of created a fan-girl in me with this- one who can't wait to read more books involving Kate, Liam, and Seth and anyone else you two dream up. Grade: A+
GWReader More than 1 year ago
This was one of those mysteries that I just could NOT put down! I heard there are two more books, and I am so getting them. Brilliant!
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To the person who was disappointed with the ending--its a series...theres more.. great book witty main character
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This book is the best!
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I loved this book!
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Bought it today and the first page had me hooked.
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This book is very interesting. Nice and descriptive. Love this book. Im 13 so if your a pre-teen or teenage, you'll love it. Trust me.
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Hi this is awesome i love it goodbye hope u enjoy it
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This was the best mystery I have ever read. It had some romance (but not too much), it had friendship, secrets, and lies. These sisters really know how to write em'.
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This a very very very goo bok and all girls should read it. It is very mysterious and really makes you want to continue to read. Again very good anf continue to read and come out with more books please!!!!!""
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Hi guys! FYI, this book is AMAZING!!!!!!! (So far at least.....i havent actually finished reading it yet). This is a definite must-read for all of you young adults out there. If you are someone who loves a little fiction, romance, mystery, and others of the like, then this is your book. Sooooooo, the story begins when Kate recieves this mysterious letter from her recently dead best friend Kate. Soon after, she realizes that maybe Grace's death wasn't an accident after all. In the letter, Grace tells Kate to "find Cameron.....he knows". It also mentioned one more thing. The letter warned Kate not to tell anyone about whatever she found out.......or else they would find her. And kill her.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also really hate when the story cuts off in the middle of a sentence but i will buy the story
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This is a great book and very interesting
meawesome More than 1 year ago
im ten and this book was awesome i read it in 2 days